Former manager Helen Fallding, Corey Petsnik, CHRR founder Karen Busby, Sue Ahn, Denise McInnes, Menal Al Fekih, Victoria Davies

Address: Room 442, Robson Hall, 224 Dysart Rd., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2. Fax: 204-474-7580

Centre director

Dr. Adele Perry is a distinguished professor of history and women’s and gender studies. She is a historian of colonialism and imperialism, transnationalism, gender, sexuality, racism and western Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Perry has published On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871, Colonial Relations: The Douglas-Connolly Family and the Nineteenth-Century Imperial World and Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources and the Histories We Remember. She co-edited People’s Citizenship Guide and four volumes of Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History. Applying a historical perspective to contemporary human rights issues, Perry has challenged racism in health-care delivery and in her own profession, along with barriers to library access for people who are homeless. From 2003 to 2014, Perry held a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and she is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and past president of the Canadian Historical Association.

She can be reached at 204-474-8107, 440 Robson Hall.

Acting Manager

Dr. Shayna Plaut‘s work sits at the intersection of academia, journalism and advocacy.  Her academic writing has been published in Racial and Ethnic StudiesJournalismAlternatives: Global, Local, PoliticalThe European Educational Research JournalJournalism Practice and International Journal for Human Rights, as well as chapters in books published by Routledge, I.B. Tauris and SAGE.  As an educator, researcher and journalist, Shayna has served as a consultant for the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and a variety of migrant and human rights organizations. From 2013-2018  was the Human Rights Editor for Praxis Center ––an online resource center for artists, academics and activists, as well as people who identify as all three––where she writes, interviews and solicits work that critically engage with question of change can be. Since 2014, Shayna has served as the Research Manager for Strangers at Home, a project of the Global Reporting Centre, which has won numerous journalistic and human rights award.

Since 2004, Shayna has developed and taught a large array of courses focused on the framing of social justice and human rights including first human rights journalism courses at Columbia College Chicago and the Graduate School for Journalism at University of British Columbia. Shayna has designed and taught courses on: the ethics and methods of human rights work, migration, social inequalities and human rights journalism. Most recently Shayna, working with four colleagues across Canada and the US, completed an edited book exploring the “messy ethics” of human rights work.

Shayna happily relocated to Winnipeg in the summer of 2017 where she lives with her partner, two children and two cats.

Manager (on parental leave until September 2022)

Dr. Pauline Tennent (she/her) is a settler scholar who has worked for the past ten years exploring issues relating to reconciliation, settler colonialism, social movements, and social justice. In particular, she has worked with young people to explore their understandings of health and equity, their access to healthcare, their experiences in the workplace, and their experiences of migration and settlement. Pauline has a Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Glasgow, and a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manitoba. Her PhD explored how educators in Manitoba understand and experience Indigenous and settler relationships in Canada. Before joining the Centre, Pauline worked with IN●GAUGE at the College of Nursing, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Arthur V. Mauro Institute for Peace and Justice.

Pauline can be reached at 204-474-6156, 442 Robson Hall.

Office assistant

Denise McInnes helped set up the Manitoba Institute for Materials before joining the Centre for Human Rights Research in 2016 in a part-time position. She previously worked as an office assistant for the chemistry department for 9 years and for Standard Aero for 11 years as a customer service specialist and export compliance officer. Denise is a certified geological technician, an active grandmother and community volunteer. Her usual office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings.

Denise can be reached at 204-474-6453, 438 Robson Hall.

Administrative assistant

Kayla Lariviere earned a BA with a double major in Criminology and Native Studies from the University of Manitoba. She is a proud Indigenous woman committed to the advancement of reconciliation by immersing herself in the community both on and off the university campus. Through her work, she has been recognized with an Emerging Leader Award, and as a trailblazer from the Indigenous Student Awards of Excellence. Kayla joined the CHRR in 2020 by volunteering with the Speakers Bureau. In the summer of 2021 she took on the role of Indigenous intern at the CHRR, and is now our administrative assistant.

Speakers bureau

Human rights speakers bureau co-ordinator Laura Balagus is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. She completed an honours BA in architecture before attending law school. Laura is interested in how the structures of our built environment intersect with and influence human rights and environmental justice issues. She has also worked as a student editor and researcher for the Manitoba Law Journal.

Student assistants

Amy Jackson is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation and is a master’s student in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her background is in history, social science and Aboriginal and Northern Studies. Amy’s interests include prairie Indigenous history and storywork. For her master’s thesis, is studying the legacy of the File Hills Colony in Saskatchewan, led by the surviving family members of colonists. Amy is working with CHRR on issues related to anti-Indigenous racism.

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Corey Petsnik is a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Manitoba. He maintains the Centre for Human Rights Research Twitter feed and Facebook page and assists with the centre’s website. His master’s research evaluated how witnessing ostracism affects observers’ views of human nature and their antisocial inclinations.

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Sara Gibson is a first year Master of Human Rights student at Robson Hall. She recently completed her Bachelor of Social Science in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Ottawa. Her interests are the effects of conflict on the rights of children, the right to education, Indigenous issue, among many other things. Through her Masters, she is hoping to continue to dive into these issues and to explore and gain knowledge on new ones. Sara is working with the CHRR on looking into the idea of borders in human rights.

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Sarah Hourie is a Métis master’s student in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her interests include identity politics, intersectionality and the microaggressions Indigenous women experience while navigating colonial spaces. Sarah intends to examine the implications of state-administered policies on the everyday lives of Indigenous women in both urban and rural communities. Hourie is conducting research on the safety of Indigenous women and two-spirit people when using public transit in western Canada during the summer of 2021.

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Viktoria Hergenreiter (She/Her) is in her 4th and last year of the Human Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics) program at the University of Manitoba. After graduation, she hopes to get her dietetics accreditation and work towards her dream of entering politics. She believes in advocating for better nutritional literacy education and the right to equal access to nutritious food for everybody. Viktoria grew up in Germany and moved to Canada in 2007 with her family. She enjoys spending time with her loved ones, volunteering, spending time outdoors, reading, and cooking. She is looking forward to the academic year ahead and is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the incredible work at the Centre for Human Rights Research.